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Ever since you were young you have been aware that salt is bad for you. Probably to this day before you put salt on your food it crosses your mind that what you are about to do is bad for you. This blog (http://beta.active.com/nutrition/articles/get-enough-protein-post-workout) is all about whether too much salt really is bad for you and what are some of the benefits of salt in your diet?

 

One of the health risks dealing with eating too much salt is high blood pressure. Salt causes high blood pressure because it lowers the amount of nitric oxide in the body.  Nitric oxide helps open up the blood vessels. When there are low levels of nitric oxide it is harder for blood to flow so blood pressure goes up. Another risk of a high salt diet is osteoporosis. This is because salt promotes the removal of calcium from the body through urine. Calcium is important for bone strength, so low calcium levels because of a high salt diet can easily lead to osteoporosis. You can see where I got my facts here (http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120521/Salt-intake-why-is-it-bad-for-you.aspx)

 

Salt is necessary for our survival though so it is not wise to eliminate it completely from our diets. One of the important benefits of salt is it helps our bodies hold water, which obviously is important for all bodily functions. I was a little surprised to read this because whenever I eat something high in salt it always seems to dehydrate me. Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts on a bottle of Gatorade? If you have then you have probably noticed that there is a lot of sodium in that bottle. This is because salt is important when doing strenuous physical activity because salt also helps to prevent cramping and heatstroke. You can check out more benefits of salt here is you want (http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-importance-of-salt-in-your-diet.html#b)

 

I guess the rule of thumb with salt is the same as everything else in life: Everything in moderation.


References:

 http://beta.active.com/nutrition/articles/get-enough-protein-post-workout 

 http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120521/Salt-intake-why-is-it-bad-for-you.aspx 

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-importance-of-salt-in-your-diet.html#b

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I am probably the worlds biggest consumer of salt. Sodium is my middle name. I could live without sweets but the thought of never having a french fry ever again? God, no. It is definitely important to keep salt in moderation because there are not too many health benefits from it. This blog makes me want to be more conscious about what i am putting into my body. Great post!

This really caught my attention because about a year ago I went to a cardiologist because I was having often fainting spells along with heart palpitations. The cardiologist asked me a ton of questions and eventually diagnosed me with Neurocardiogenic Syncope, also known as Vasovagal Syncope. The doctor gave me a whole long explanation of exactly what goes on in my body due to this condition, but basically not enough blood is getting pumped to my upper body. I've always had low blood pressure so this makes sense. Anyway, he gave me medicine to help with the condition but the number one thing he said is "You'll never hear me tell any other one of patients this but, EAT MORE SALT." It was almost difficult for him to speak those words because as a cardiologist he's so used to telling people to consume LESS salt. So in the end, salt has worked wonders for me me!

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